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Teacher Appreciation Quotations


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The task of the excellent teacher is to stimulate "apparently ordinary" people to unusual effort.  The tough problem is not in identifying winners:  it is in making winners out of ordinary people.  ~K. Patricia Cross


A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.  ~Henry Adams


I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.  ~Lily Tomlin as "Edith Ann"


The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book.  ~Author Unknown


I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.  ~Alexander the Great


It's easy to make a buck.  It's a lot tougher to make a difference.  ~Tom Brokaw


Teacher appreciation makes the world of education go around.  ~Helen Peters


A good teacher is like a candle - it consumes itself to light the way for others.  ~Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, translated from Turkish


The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called "truth."  ~Dan Rather


He who opens a school door, closes a prison.  ~Victor Hugo


What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.  ~Karl Menninger


If a doctor, lawyer, or dentist had 40 people in his office at one time, all of whom had different needs, and some of whom didn't want to be there and were causing trouble, and the doctor, lawyer, or dentist, without assistance, had to treat them all with professional excellence for nine months, then he might have some conception of the classroom teacher's job.  ~Donald D. Quinn


A truly special teacher is very wise, and sees tomorrow in every child's eyes.  ~Author Unknown


2  Teach is
2  Touch lives
4  Ever
~Author Unknown


What a teacher writes on the blackboard of life can never be erased.  ~Author Unknown


Discover wildlife:  be a teacher!  ~Author Unknown


There's no one quite like a special teacher, and no teacher quite as special as you.  ~Author Unknown


When all else fails, pray for a fire drill.  ~Author Unknown


Summer vacation is the time when parents realize that teachers are grossly underpaid.  ~Author Unknown


A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart.  ~Author Unknown


I would thank you from the bottom of my heart, but for you my heart has no bottom.  ~Author Unknown


I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks.  ~William Shakespeare


None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps.  We got here because somebody - a parent, a teacher, an Ivy League crony or a few nuns - bent down and helped us pick up our boots.  ~Thurgood Marshall


No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another.  Thank you.  ~Author Unknown


Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.  ~Jacques Barzun


In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day's work.  It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years.  ~Jacques Barzun


No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others.  The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.  ~Author Unknown


We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.  ~Cynthia Ozick


There are three good reasons to be a teacher - June, July, and August.  ~Author Unknown


Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone.  ~G.B. Stern


Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions.  ~Author Unknown


Often, when I am reading a good book, I stop and thank my teacher.  That is, I used to, until she got an unlisted number.  ~Author Unknown


Appreciation is a wonderful thing.  It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.  ~Voltaire


The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.  ~Khalil Gibran


The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.  ~Eric Hoffer


Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths pure theatre.  ~Gail Godwin


I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.  ~G.K. Chesterton


The mediocre teacher tells.  The good teacher explains.  The superior teacher demonstrates.  The great teacher inspires.  ~William A. Ward


No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.  ~James Allen


The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.  ~John E. Southard


I've seen and met angels wearing the disguise of ordinary people living ordinary lives.  ~Tracy Chapman


The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.  ~William James


Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.  ~William Arthur Ward


One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings.  The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.  ~Carl Jung



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